It's a pleasure to spend time thinking about what images make me happy. There are truly so many, but one of my favorites is dogs. I've written before about the value of Pet Therapy, and it's a miracle to me that something that makes me so happy could also be so therapeutic.
According to Holistic Online, "The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained increasing attention in recent years for a wide variety of patients--people with AIDS or cancer, the elderly, and the mentally ill. Unlike people, with whom our interactions may be quite complex and unpredictable, animals provide a constant source of comfort and focus for attention. Animals bring out our nurturing instinct. They also make us feel safe and unconditionally accepted. We can just be ourselves around our pets."
While I wouldn't recommend that anyone who's feeling depressed adopt a puppy because they're just too much work, I'm big on adopting animals from animal shelters and rescue organizations. A great site for finding them is Petfinder.
Still, the following photos made me smile, and perhaps they'll make you smile as well. And if I go back to my slide carousel analogy that I wrote about on Monday, I must admit that it's a great idea to remove four slides (from my mind) about illness and replace them with these!